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this new Institution, they have recom
fits which it promises, the tendency mended to the consideration of the which it possesses to multiply sects and publick that antient and venerable schisms, and consequently to undo in establishment, the Society for promo
one way what it is faucied may be done
in another. But in calculating all the ling Christian Knowledge : which Society, it appears, has now existed up. operation with Dissenters, I apprehend,
projected benefits to arise from this cowards of 114 years, in promoting, as
we ought not to forget its positive disadfar as its ineans would admit, the wel
vantages, in setting us at variance fare of mankind. This Institution,
among ourselves. Among the benign likewise, confioes itself entirely to the effects of this harpy coalition, we have strict and true orthodox principles of already to reckon that of involving us in the Established Church; and, by their a controversy; in which, as it eventually wise and prudent regulations and laws, appears, one part of the Churcb has esthey permit such only to co-operate poused the principles of the Dissenters with them, as are well-wishers to the it: against the other. On the probabilities -a regulation like this cannot but of this consequence resulting from the meet with the cordial and unfeigned
present coalition, I conceive it never reapprobatiou of every sincere friend of quired much penetration to decide. It the Establishment and, more espe
was next to impossible that the whole cially at the present period, when the
body of the Clergy could be blind to the Church is so closely besieged with disposed to unite with Dissenters on any
danger of the present confederacy, or sectaries, who take every advantage other terms than those of Church-unity. to supplant and subvert them.
It was next to impossible that their conThe British and Foreign Bible So. sciences would allow them to be silent ciety, in the ninth year only since the
on the danger of maintaining such a cocominencement of their operations, alition; or that those who were so hardy whose efforts have so widely extended, as to join and persevere in it, would not by their rules admit Christiuns of deem
such conduct in need of some deall Denominations to associate with fence. These deductions have been but them, who distribute the Bible too lamentably verified in the event. only, without note or comment; and, The controversy to which it has given as this Society confines itself to the
rise has been now protracted to a condistribution of the Bible alone, it of siderable length; it has not only impli
cated the disputants engaged on both course prevents through that channel
sides, but divided their respective readers (the Members of the Church of En
and followers ;, and it has impressed gland who form a part of this losti- numbers with 'no favourable opinion of tution) the distribution of the Liturgy. the liberality of the Church, no just idea The advocates also of this Society of the intention of the Sectaries. That publish to the world, that the admis- much is to be apprehended by the Church sion of Christians of all denominations in this direction, cannot long continue a as Members, “ is the inore efficacious subject of doubt; and were the present means of lessening the political and confederacy productive of no other conreligious evils of Dissent *.”
sequences, it is even thus pregnant with Mr. Nolan, however, in the pamph- alarming evils to the Establishment. By let now before us, particularly directs every dissension we are weakened, and his attention to the above quotation ;
laid open to the reproach, and exposed and with much sound argument in
to the designs, of our common adversary. forms us, that, “ so far from acqui- and then to subdue us. Every contest
It has ever been their policy to divide, Escing in such a conclusion, he cannot but believe this coalition dan- in their favour; for when we are thus
in which we engage, creates a diversion gerous, both in a political and reli- occupied, they are enabled to prosecute gious view.” (page 28.) We shall, their designs on us with security; and however, upon the present occasion, while we are at variance among ourselves, present to our readers a specimen of wound us with greater ease and imputhis part of Mr. N.'s reasoning, and nity. In these intestine disputes, as they then leave it to their judgment to de are but too well aware, we also waste cide, whether the Church is or is not that strength upon ourselves which might affected by this co-operation :
be employed with more effect upon vur “ In proceeding to estimate the ad
common enemy. The very time during
which those contests are prolonged, tells vantages to be derived from this association, I shall not set off against the bene- it to lapse unemployed ; and it thus sel
to their advantage; they do not permit * Sketch of the Bible Society, dom fails to leave our wounds more deep
and virulent. Let the provident calcu: ing with the Bible Society," and we lators of the benefits to be derived from cheerfully refer our readers to the this Society, now set their purposed ad- work itself} and have no doubt revantages, against these positive disadvan- maining in our owu minds, that their tages, and then inform us how far the sentiments will accord with ours. balance is in our favour. It may be sound religion and sound policy to unite with Dissenters; but, I conceive, it is
11. An University Prize Poem, on His somewhat more politic and orthodox
Majesty King George III. having comto be at unity among ourselves.
pleted the Fiftieth Year of His Reign. “ And setting even this consideration
By Nicholas John Halpin, T. C. D. out of the case, will any sincere Church
1811, 8vo. pp. 19. Harding. man seriously assert, that this confede AFTER duly celebrating the varacy is calculated “ to lessen the politi- rious merits of an excelleni Sovereigo, cal and religious evils of dissent*?" That Mr. Halpin very justly observes, those active and determined enemies to
“Such are the glories which have crown'd the Church are at work under its foundation, is, I conceive, a fact which defies Nor can detractive malice found
Imperial George with deathless fame! the blindest pertinacity to dispute. Let
A blemish on his spotless name. those who express that good will to
No horrors o'er His conscience creep; wards this body which it is now become politic to promote ti' if they doubt No orphan's tears; no widow's sighs
No murders break His midnight sleep; the charge, awaken from their profound and pleasing dreams on the most effi- Against His head to Heaven arise;
No Ally, of his crown bereft, cacious means of lessening those evils,'
Can brand Him with th’opprobrious tbest; and behold the Conventicles, which are daily raised and filled with congregations But, pure as fakes of virgin snow, seduced from our communion. Are we
A radiant light his virtues shed;
And as a godlike Halo glow now to be instructed, that it is not our
Around his beav'n-anointed head! duty to protect our focks from those depredations, and to lead back every Oh! Thou! whose awful voice supreme stray sheep, and place it in one fold From shapeless chaos called this globe; under one shepherd ?' Or will it be said, At whose command the solar beam that it is not as consistent with policy
Invested Earth as with a robe; as with religion, that we should be on To thee a grateful Nation prays, our guard against these aggressors, pre Imploring health and lengthen'd days pared to watch them with jealousy, and For George; the glories of whose sway oppose them with vigour? At such a In one effulgent flood combine crisis, I presume, our alarm at this So To form a splendour-bright,--divine !" ciety finds, in the following description, but a curious plea to convince us that 12. A Portraiture of the Roman Catho
our apprehensions are chimerical. So lic Religion ; or, an unprejudiced little, we are assured, 'does the spirit Sketch of the History, Doctrines, Opiof mutual jealousy exist, that there has nions, Discipline, and present State of been no instance of a division taking place Catholicism ; with an Appendix, conin a general meeting; scarcely one re taining a Summary of the Laws now collected even in the Committee, in the in Force against English and Irish Cacourse of a frequent attendance. But tholicks. By the Rev. J. Nightingale, what may appear mure extraordinary, I Auihor of a “ Portraiture of Methohave not been able to discover which of dism,” c. Longman and Co. and the members of the Committee are Church Booker ; 18mo, 1812. men, and which are Dissenters 1.' If it
THERE are few Authors who have be not now a solemn farce to speak of the nerves of Mr. Nightingale, thus “the evils of dissent,' where there exists
to combat prejudice and correct ersuch perfect unanimity, surely, in tliese times of peril, when the Church has
ror. He undertakes Herculean labours, rights to protect, on which the Dissen- and we are afraid will produce more ters are daily encroaching, they are en- enmity towards himself than advantrusted to the care of most able and tage to the cause of liberality; as he vigilant guardians !"
that contradicts favourite and longMr. Nolan has most abiy founded the established opinions on religious sub“ objections of a Churchinan to unit- jects, must'in numerous cases ex
pect to confirm those opinions, * Right Hon. N. Vansittart's Letter merely because they that hold them to Dr. Marsh, p. 2.
are determined not to be enlightened Ibid. by moderate advice, and candid exa
mination into the established positions to the omission of “this plot and that of partizans; such will condemn all his massacre,” 'will be obviated. To the Portraitures, though originating from charges of plots, seditions, and mur. the purest sources of Christian phi- ders, perpetrated by Roman Catholanthropy, and an irresistible desire licks, he returns, what he supposes to see every denomination of Chris-, to be a decisive answer-They are tians freely exercising their particular acts forming no part of the Roman mode of worship:
Catholic Religion ; therefore, comThere is another class of people paratively speaking, he had nothing who feel a verse to general toleration, to do with them, and refers them to on the ground that the present Esta- those wlio bave no other argument blishment never interferes with the in favour of iníolerance. faith of others, and even permits its This Portraiture is divided into two very foundations to be sapped by the parts; "the first treats of the history surrounding religious miners, while of Catholicism, to the time of the Reit takes no steps either to prevent de formation; the second deliveates the sertion, or secure recruits; thence leading doctrives and the principal arising present peace and tranquillity, branches of discipline.” He also prowhich they, conceive may be inter fesses to trace their views with respect rupted by the efforts of emancipated to civil power in various printed auzealots, who, with the power, may thorities; and the articles of faith be have the inclination to coerce opi- has collected, without regard to expion : those Mr. Nightiogale may rea pence or trouble, in searching works son with, and perhaps convince. This of acknowledged credit. We might Gentleinan tells us in his Preface, suppose Mr. N. would meet with that, equally devoted to the cause of every assistance from the body whose Catholic Emancipation, and cause he advocates ; and be informs lously attached to the Protestant reli us, that he is at a loss for words to gion, he long hesitated on the pro- express his sense of obligation on priety and usefulness of publishing this bead, both to the clergy and laity the result of his enquiries concerning of that body. the faith and worship of Roman Ca
6. When I first suggested to them the tholicks ; as they were favourable to plan and design of this Work,” adds Mr. that numerous portion of the com N.“I was a perfect stranger, otherwise munity, be considered the prejudices than as I might he known through the of his friends and enemies, if he has medium of my former publications; but any, no trifling obstacle.; yet, as he they all earnestly urged me to undertake tbought no Protestant writer had hi- it, and to form my account of their therto done complete justice to the church and tenets from their own forsubject, he would not give up the sa
mularies and writings of acknowledged tisfaction of endeavouring to shew autbority among them, and not from “ that the religion of our ancestors
the publications of their adversaries. has been mistaken, and that unworths between the articles of their faith and
They moreover advised me to distinguish and groundless alarms are excited in
the opinions of individuals," consequence of that mistake.”
Some of Mr. N.'s friends intimated After having warped him by this to him, that however favourably advice, and furnished him with such themselves and he might think of books as they conceived would best Emancipation, a true portrait of the explain their doctrines, they left Mr, Catholic Church might rather injure Nightingale to form his own concluthan serve the cause of toleration : sions, and never attempted to inhe felt convinced of the futility of fiuence him in making them in any their objection, and refers his reader manner whatever ; a conduct which to the title-page, which will inform we agree with the Author ju thinking them, “ that this work professes to highly honourable to their feelings. give a view of the Roman Catholic He declares, in consequence, every erReligion, and not of Roman Catho ror which may be discovered in this lic Courts, not even exactly of the Work is decidedig his own; but he Court of Rome itself.” By doing claims the merit of patient industry this, he further imagines that any and impartial investigation ; and if complaint urged against him relating he is found to be correct, he owes it Gent. Mag. January, 1813.
not to positive assistance, “other and the real interests of religious enwise thau by books and general ad-' quiry; as he is exactly of opinion vice."
with Charles I. who, in Ceriamen Rea Mr. Nightingale next takes the op- ligiosuni, p. 114, has described them portunity afforded him by this publica- as often contradicting one another, tion, of mentioning his “Portraiture and even themselves. Our Author is of Methodisin,” in composing which not less aware that he may be cenhe felt himself secure in the general sured for writing too freely of the accuracy of all his statements. He Church Establishment, or rather of then wrote with freedom, as he knew Church and State unions in general ; he could not materially err; but in but he begs it may be understood, the present ipstance, he confexses, al. that, so far from wishing to feel disa most every page was commit:ed to respect towards the National Church, the press with fear, lest he should in- he has a sincere regard for the learnjure the cause he meant to defend by ing and morals of many, nay, of a involuntary mistakes; a cause in Jarge majority of our Clergy.” which he declares he feels a deep in Part of this explanatory Preface is terest, and which he describes in these appropriated to assigning the Author's words : “ The Emancipation of Ro reasons for not dwelling on those proman Catholicks, and the repeal of phecies in the Sacred Writings which all those disgraceful penal stalutes, are imagined to allude to the rise and which aggrieve and oppress the Dis. extinction of Popery ; and he states senters of this great and enlightened his firni persuasion, that “ no clear Empire."
and unequivocal proof can be made A pote at the bottom of p. ix. in out, that either Daniel or St. Jobo had forms his readers, that Mr. Nightin an eye peculiarly directed against the gale is aware of the use professed ene Church of Rome, or even against the mies to Methodism have made of his spiritual head of that church ;" and Portrait of that faith; and that, had he further points out the ingenuity he supposed that some of the facts with which the mystical number has there detailed would have been 80 been applied to the Pope, Martin Luused, he should not have given them; ther, Louis XVI. and Napoleon Buv. and, finally, he must have hesitated naparte. We shall now bid adieu to whether to have written at all, could the Preface, and observe of the body he have imagined the sect alluded to of the Work, that it certainly conwould consider his Work an indirect tains an interesting mass of materials, attack on the Society. “ With these calculated to enlighten those who concessions,” continues Mr. Nightin- wish to be informed of the antient and gale, " which I make in the most vo present state of Catholicism, and of luntary manner, I wish to be perfectly ihe tendency of the doctrines of that undersiood, that I h:ve no fact to faith, as they may be supposed to af: contradict, no statement of conse fect society formed either of Cathoquente to deny. Perfectiy consonant licks or Protestants. Further than with ihis acknowledgement is the fol. this we do not fcel ourselves justified lowing declaration : inai, ever accus in proceeding, as it is by no means tomed to expressh:s sentiments openly necessary we should do more than and with freedom on religious and explain the Author's intentions, which political subjects, regardless of in- would neither be forwarded or reconveniences thus resulting, he has tarded by the expression of our opinot hesilated to write in terms, on this nion; resting, as we do, perfectly satisoccasion, which he supposes will not fied that the important question, herebe pieasing to any party,
after to be decided by the Legislature, In mentioning the i athers, p. 25, will be in the hands of the most enhe says, if he appears to have spoken lightened men of the age, whose deof them disrespectfully, it is not be- cision, we very earnestly hope, will be cause he felt no regard tor the opi- received with becoming respect, whichnions and reasonings of those vene ever party may predominate. rable sages, the antient and primitive defenders of our common salvation, 13. A New Spanish Grammar, designed, but that he is convinced an implicit for every Class of Learners, but espereliance on their reasonings or deci cially for such as are their own Instrucsiops is injurious to the cause of truth, tors. In two Parts: Part I, an easy
Introduction to the Elements of the imperfectly acquainted. -- The present Spanish Language. Part 11. The Work, therefore, is respectfully subRules of Etymology and Syntax fully mitted to the candid notice of the pubexemplified : with occasional Notes and lick, with the humble hope, that it will Observations ; and an Appendix, &c.&c. be found less exceptionable, in several By L. J. A. M`Henry, a Native of particulars, than some of its predecesSpain. 12 mo. pp.393. Sherwood and Co. sors; its Author being a native of Spain,
“It has been a matter of frequent in which country he had the advantage complaint, that there is no English of a liberal education; and having, by a Spanish Grammar capable of affording residence of several years in England, the necessary assistance to those persons acquired a considerable knowledge of who are obliged to be their own instruc- pronunciation, genius, idiom, and genetors; for, although several of the Gram ral structure, of the English language.” mars in circulation possess great merit, This work is certainly well adapted yet most of them are written under the to the pusposcs for which it is intended; disadvantages which inevitably arise the Author seems to have spared no from an Author's attempting to explain pains in the compilation; and it is in a language with which he is but very beally printed.
REVIEW OF NEW MUSICAL PUBLICATIONS,
“ The universal love and practice of Musick may cease to create wonder, when we think of the good effects it is capable of producing on the mind. judiciously used, it can cheer the spirits, expand the soul with magnanimity, benevolence, and compassion, southe its anguish, and elevate it to the sublimity of devotion."
MOLLISON. 1. "The Overture, Chorusses, Introdue- nisls find it their interest in perform,
tory Symphonies, &c. in the Oratorio in compliance with the luste (such as of Esther, composed by Handel, and it is) of their auditors and enployers. arranged for the Pianojorte or Organ, It may prevent disappointment to by William Crotch, M. D. and P. M.
some of our Readers if they are apOxon.
prized, that these chorusses require SAN Filippo Neri, who established long tinger's, and fingers lung exerthe Congregation of the Priests of the cised in musicaldifficulties, iu Rees's Oratory in Rome in 1540, (according Cyclopedia (ait. Gassendi), i. is assertto Dr. Burney), was the first who em ed, that organists rever, in luil piay, ployed Musick to attract company lo ing, give the third in a common chord church to hear his pious discourses, with the left hand in the base; but, or orations ; " whence sacred dra vas, so far is that from being a rule, that or mysteries and moralities,in Musick, the conirary appears' in almost every were afterwards called Oratorios.” one of these chorueses, äs arranged Esther, composed by Handei in 1720, by our Oxford Professor of Miusic. was the first Oratorio ever attempted iu England *. The first page of ihe 2. S. Wesley and C. F. Horn’s new and present Work contains the words of correct Edition of the Preludes and the chorusses ; and the Musick occu Fugues of John Sebastian Bach. Book pies 32 pages. We have only lo re 1, 2, 3, and 4. mark, that one very useful feature of EVERY Book contains 12 preludes this excellent arrangement is, tbe ab and 12 iugurs. The first book cxsolute tue of every movement being bibits the names of 152 Subscribers, deterinined by the length of a pendu- of whor a large bumber are the primlum to vibrate some certain note: cipal Musicialio of this Country. We This will prevent disputes among in have not room to descant on the midferior performers, and an improper rits of these matchless compositions, velocity of execution.
The laranny nor is it necessary thai we should; for is given as full as it can be played their fame has been long established. with good effect. Nothing, in our The first part of Bach's Preludes and apprehension, is so unsuitable to the Fugues in every key, or das wailiemorqali, particularly to the Church or perirte Clavier, was published in gan), as those rapid and meagre com 1722. We have seen copies of this positions, which many country orga
Work from France and Germany; * Handel was born in 1681. He but they were much interior in corcame to England when about 26, where, reciness to ibe present edition, which in 1751, he became blind, and died in
the Editors have rendered stil more 1759.
valuable by the introduction of five